Franny + Alex | Wedding Invitation Design Process: [1a] Initial Client Description & Examples

So excited to get to design the wedding invitations for a friend of mine who is having a "California Garden Party" in Sonoma. After some correspondence, and slight shifts in the details of the "theme", here's how she describes her big day (if you can't tell by the pulled quote, she's pretty awesome):

I’m just calling it “California Garden Party” when people ask, and my colors are those bright, warm tones with silver and grey accents. I’m going for more “cool party that happens to have a wedding in the beginning” over “WEDDING”.

"I have picked out light grey dresses for bridesmaids and silver mercury glass for the vases for flowers.

My dress is paisley-style lace with silver metallic thread woven into it, so everything moved into a more modern feel I think? Maybe "modern" isn't the word, but it definitely doesn't feel vintage anymore, which is ok by me!

I love the bright, bold floral you sent and wouldn't mind incorporating it into the invites.

I have been brainstorming a little and I would love your opinion/creative input. I want a pretty, simple invitation. I want the invite to be fun, pretty and simple but not too traditional (aka no calligraphy). Maybe in grey type or some line work in grey...again, you are the expert here so I hope I'm making sense. Maybe we could incorporate the floral on the back of the RSVP postcard?

Basically, I want it all to coordinate without being too matchy-matchy! I'm just calling it "California Garden Party" when people ask, and my colors are those bright, warm tones with silver and grey accents. I'm going for  more "cool party that happens to have a wedding in the beginning" over "WEDDING".